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Graves, Robert Ranke    Poet's Biography
85 poems available by this author


A BOY IN CHURCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Gabble-gabble, ... Brethren, ... Gabble-gabble!'
Last Line: With furious zeal like madmen praying.


A CHILD'S NIGHTMARE    Poem Text    
First Line: Through long nursery nights he stood / by my bed unwearying
Last Line: "saying for ever, ""cat! ... Cat! ... Cat!"
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


A DEAD BOCHE    Poem Text    
First Line: To you who'd read my songs of war / and only hear of blood and fame
Last Line: Dribbling black blood from nose and beard.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


A LOVER SINCE CHILDHOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Tangled in thought am I
Last Line: Swallow your pride, let us be as we used to be.
Subject(s): Love


A PINCH OF SALT    Poem Text    
First Line: When a dream is born in you
Last Line: Close up your fingers tight and hold him fast.


A RENASCENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: White flabbiness goes brown and lean, dumpling arms are now brass bars
Last Line: Poetry is born again.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


AN OLD AND TWENTY-THIRD MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Is that the three and twentieth, strabo mine
Last Line: "shall bang old vercingetorix out of gaul."
Variant Title(s): The Legion
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


BABYLON    Poem Text    
First Line: The child alone a poet is
Last Line: Weeping for lost babylon.


BIG WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: I've whined of coming death, but now, no more!
Last Line: He cursed, prayed, sweated, wished the proud words back.
Subject(s): Courage; World War I; Valor; Bravery; First World War


CAREERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Father is quite the greatest poet
Last Line: And you'll be jealous, you pig!


CAT-GODDESSES    Poem Text    
First Line: A perverse habit of cat-goddesses
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


CHERRY-TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Cherries of the night are riper
Last Line: And you'll be fairies all.
Subject(s): Cherries; Fruit


CORPORAL STARE    Poem Text    
First Line: Back from the line one night in june, / I gave a dinner at bethune
Last Line: A fag-end dropped on the silent road.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


COUNTING THE BEATS    Poem Text    
First Line: You, love, and I
Last Line: Wakeful they lie.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


DEAD COW FARM    Poem Text    
First Line: An ancient saga tells us how
Last Line: And the cow's dead, the old cow's dead.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


DOUBLE RED DAISIES, THEY'RE MY FLOWERS       


ESCAPE    Poem Text    
First Line: But I was dead, an hour or more
Last Line: O life! O sun!
Subject(s): Death; Escapes; World War I; Dead, The; Fugitives; First World War


FAMILIAR LETTERS TO SIEGFRIED SASSOON    Poem Text    
First Line: I never dreamed we'd meet that day / in our old haunts down fricourt way
Last Line: And god! What poetry we'll write!
Subject(s): Sassoon, Siegfried (1886-1967); World War I; First World War


FAUN    Poem Text    
First Line: Here down this very way
Last Line: "faun, what is he?"


FINLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Feet and faces tingle
Last Line: And stamps to mark the tune.
Subject(s): Finland


FLYING CROOKED    Poem Text    
First Line: The butterly, the cabbage-white
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


FOX'S DINGLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Take now a country mood
Last Line: In snow-cool water.
Variant Title(s): A Country Mood
Subject(s): Country Life


FREE VERSE    Poem Text    
First Line: I now delight / in spite
Last Line: Academic extravaganza!
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


GOLIATH AND DAVID    Poem Text    
First Line: Yet once an earlier david took
Last Line: Goliath straddles over him.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


HENRY AND MARY       
First Line: Henry was a young king
Subject(s): Friendship


I HATE THE MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: I hate the moon, though it makes most people glad
Last Line: And I know one day it'll do me some dreadful thing.
Subject(s): Moon; World War I; First World War


I WONDER WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE DROWNED    Poem Text    
First Line: Look at my knees
Last Line: I wonder what it feels like to be drowned?
Subject(s): Drowning


I'D LOVE TO BE A FAIRY'S CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: Children born of fairy stock
Last Line: I'd love to be a fairy's child.


IN THE WILDERNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Christ of his gentleness
Last Line: Tears like a lover wept.
Subject(s): Bible; Jesus Christ; Religion; Theology


IT'S A QUEER TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: It's hard to know if you're alive or dead
Last Line: It's a queer time.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


JOHN SKELTON    Poem Text    
First Line: What could be dafter
Last Line: Old john, you do me good!
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Skelton, John (1460-1529)


JONAH    Poem Text    
First Line: A purple whale
Last Line: With disappointed tail.
Subject(s): Jonah (Bible)


LIMBO    Poem Text    
First Line: After a week spent under raining skies, / in horror, mud and sleeplessness a wee
Last Line: Draw the plough leisurely in quiet courses.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


LOST ACRES    Poem Text    
First Line: These acres, always again lost
Subject(s): Environment; Fields; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Pastures; Meadows; Leas


LOST LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: His eyes are quickened so with grief
Last Line: Without relief seeking lost love.
Subject(s): Grief; Love; Mourning; Sorrow; Sadness; Bereavement


LOVE AND BLACK MAGIC    Poem Text    
First Line: To the woods, to the woods is the wizard gone
Last Line: "hey and hither, my lad."
Subject(s): Magic


LOVE WITHOUT HOPE    Poem Text    
First Line: Love without hope, as when the young bird-catcher
Subject(s): Love; Love - Unrequited


MARIGOLDS    Poem Text    
First Line: With a fork drive nature out
Last Line: Love must ever yet return.
Subject(s): Flowers; Marigolds


MR. PHILOSOPHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Old mr. Philosopher
Last Line: Says ben to claire.


NOT DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Walking through trees to cool my heat and pain
Last Line: Breaks his slow smile.
Subject(s): Thomas, David; World War I; First World War


OGRES AND PYGMIES       
First Line: Those famous men of old, the ogres
Subject(s): Pygmies


ON DWELLING    Poem Text    
First Line: Courtesies of good morning and good evening
Subject(s): Country Life


ON FINDING MYSELF A SOLDIER    Poem Text    
First Line: My bud was backward to unclose
Last Line: A heart more red than blood.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


PURE DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: We looked, we loved, and therewith instantly
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


PYGMALION TO GALATEA    Poem Text    
First Line: Pygmalion spoke and sang to galatea
Last Line: "give me an equal kiss, as I kiss you."
Subject(s): Courtship; Galatea; Love; Pygmalion; Women


RECALLING WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Entrance and exit wounds are silvered clean
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


SMOKE-RINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Most learned and venerable sir
Last Line: Blows us ring-wise from his mouth.


SORLEY'S WEATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: When outside the icy rain / comes leaping helter-skelter
Last Line: And the ghost of sorley.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


STAR-TALK    Poem Text    
First Line: Are you awake, gemelli
Last Line: "and the pump has frozen to-night."
Subject(s): Stars


STRONG BEER    Poem Text    
First Line: What do you think
Last Line: "the grave as little as my beer."
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Beer; Drinks & Drinking; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Ale; Wine


THE ADVENTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: To-day I killed a tiger near my shack
Last Line: With clotted blood.
Subject(s): Animals; Tigers; World War I; First World War


THE ASSAULT HEROIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Down in the mud I lay
Last Line: "attack! Stand to! Stand to!"
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


THE BARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: The bards falter in shame, their running verse
Last Line: To stir his black pots and to bed on straw.
Subject(s): Bards; Poetry & Poets


THE BLUE-FLY    Poem Text    
First Line: Five summer days, five summer nights
Subject(s): Epidemics; Flies


THE BOUGH OF NONSENSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Back from the somme two fusiliers
Last Line: A row of bright pink birds, flapping their wings.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


THE BOY OUT OF CHURCH    Poem Text    
First Line: As jesus and his followers
Last Line: Were never made for man.
Subject(s): Sabbath; Sunday


THE CATERPILLAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Under this loop of honeysuckle
Last Line: And eat, eat, eat -- as one ought to eat.
Subject(s): Caterpillars; Insects; Bugs


THE CLIMATE OF THOUGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The climate of thought has seldom been described
Last Line: The moon, grand, not fanciful with clouds.


THE COOL WEB    Poem Text    
First Line: Children are dumb to say how hot the day is
Subject(s): Heat; Language; Words; Vocabulary


THE COTTAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here in turn succeed and rule
Last Line: No! For death is waiting by.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE CRUEL MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: The cruel moon hangs out of reach
Last Line: Moons hang much too far away.
Subject(s): Moon


THE FINDING OF LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Before this generous time
Last Line: With love in steadfastness.


THE FINDING OF LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Before this generous time
Last Line: With love in steadfastness.


THE FIRST FUNERAL    Poem Text    
First Line: The whole field was so smelly; / we smelt the poor dog first
Last Line: And said: 'poor dog, amen!'
Subject(s): Animals; Corpses; Dogs; World War I; Cadavers; First World War


THE LADY VISITOR IN THE PAUPER WARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Why do you break upon this old, cool peace
Last Line: Leave us alone.
Subject(s): Poverty


THE LAST POST    Poem Text    
First Line: The bugler sent a call of high romance
Last Line: "jolly young fusiliers too good to die."
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


THE MORNING BEFORE THE BATTLE    Poem Text    
First Line: To-day, the fight: my end is very soon
Last Line: That dead men blossomed in the garden-close.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


THE NEXT WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: You young friskies who to-day / jump and fight in father's hay
Last Line: Playing at royal welch fusiliers.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


THE PERSIAN VERSION    Poem Text    
First Line: Truth-loving persians do not dwell upon
Subject(s): Marathon, Greece; Persian Wars


THE PIER-GLASS    Poem Text    
First Line: Lost manor where I walk continually
Last Line: True life, natural breath; not this phantasma.
Subject(s): Mirrors


THE POET IN THE NURSERY    Poem Text    
First Line: The youngest poet down the shelves was fumbling
Last Line: Wonderful words no one could understand.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE SHADOW OF DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: Here's an end to my art! / I must die and I know it
Last Line: I may father no longer!
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


THE SHIVERING BEGGAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Near clapham village, where fields began
Last Line: "tis the palsy makes me shiver so bad."


THE SPOILSPORT    Poem Text    
First Line: My familiar ghost again
Last Line: Listens, watches, takes no rest.


THE TRENCHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Scratches in the dirt? / no, that sounds much too nice
Last Line: Squash! And he needs no twice.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


THE WHITE GODDESS    Poem Text    
First Line: All saints revile her, and all sober men
Subject(s): Goddesses & Gods; Mythology


TO AN UNGENTLE CRITIC    Poem Text    
First Line: The great sun sinks behind the town
Last Line: There are old-fashioned folk still like it.
Subject(s): Critics & Criticism


TO JUAN AT THE WINTER SOLSTICE    Poem Text    
First Line: There is one story and one story only
Subject(s): Goddesses & Gods; Men; Mothers; Mythology; Sons; Sun


TO LUCASTA ON GOING TO THE WARS FOR THE FOURTH TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: It doesn't matter what's the cause
Last Line: And his pride keeps him here.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


TO ROBERT NICHOLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Here by a snowbound river
Last Line: And singing birds are mute.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


TWO FUSILIERS    Poem Text    
First Line: And have we done with war at last? / well, we've been lucky devils both
Last Line: In dead men breath.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


ULYSSES    Poem Text    
First Line: To the much-tossed ulysses, never done
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Ulysses; Odysseus


WARNING TO CHILDREN    Poem Text    
First Line: Children, if you dare to think
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


WELSH INCIDENT    Poem Text    
First Line: But that was nothing to what things came out
Subject(s): Supernatural; Wales; Welshmen; Welshwomen


WHEN I'M KILLED    Poem Text    
First Line: When I'm killed, don't think of me
Last Line: Your playfellow from the grave.
Subject(s): Death; World War I; Dead, The; First World War